Join local experts for Folkmoot’s popular series, Cultural Crash Courses, featuring lectures on a variety of current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism.
For the present time, content is presented online as an interactive lecture followed by questions, answers and discussion.
The courses are free, but registration is required.
Thursday, August 6 • 6pm
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social movement that confronts institutional and cultural violence. Dr. Caravelis will discuss these and other aspects of criminal justice reform and the Black Lives Matter movement. Dr. Caravelis’s current research interests include examining the relationship between social threat and social control, the effect of inequality on crime, social justice and the death penalty.
About Dr. Caravelis
Dr. Cyndy Caravelis Hughes is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. Dr. Carvelis earned her BA, MS, and Ph.D at Florida State University all through the department of criminology and criminal justice. Her expertise in criminology has driven her to explore the relationship between social threat and social control, the effect of inequality on crime, social justice, and the death penalty.
Dr. Carvelis’ education has allowed her to make great contributions the to criminal justice system in the state of Florida, formerly serving positions as a legislative analyst for Florida’s Commission on Capital Cases, as a crime intelligence analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and as an academic instructor in both male and female correctional institutions.
Dr. Carvelis has experience taking students abroad to expand on her courses in social justice and law, which just a glimpse into her commitment to the world of academia. Dr. Cyndy Caravelis Hughes’ work is published and can be found where she maintains an informational site about her research and teaching at https://faculty.wcu.edu/caravelis/faculty-name/curriculum-vita/
Thursday, August 20 • 6pm
The #MeToo movement has been hailed as the next wave of global feminism. As stories of abuse and sexual harassment became public starting in October of 2017, a sense of optimism and progress was in the air. More than two years later, we examine the progress and the backlash, as well as the long-term implications of the movement for gender equality.
About Dr. Bego
Dr. Ingrid Bego is a professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University and serves as the International Studies Director. Dr. Bego earned a BA from Washburn University where she triple majored in political science, German, and Spanish. She then went on to graduate school at Washington State University to earn an MA and PhD in Political science.
Her years of teaching experience has portrayed a very passionate career stemming from her own desire to continue learning. Her commitment to the classroom has helped guide her towards a teaching philosophy where the ultimate goal is to feel empowered and eager to analyze the political process and see it as more than an abstract notion.
Along with her efforts in the classroom, Dr. Bego’s research, she describes, “lay at the intersection of comparative democratization and Europeanization literature.” In July 2015, she published a book titled: “Gender Equality Policy in the European Union” analyzing case studies regarding domestic and international actors and how they affect gender equality. She maintains an informational site about her research and teaching at http://www.ingridbego.com/about.html
Thursday, September 3 • 6pm
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that it’s an election year. And you’re probably aware that voting for the Presidency is part of that election. But what about the other elections on the ballot? And what does all of this tell us about the health of our democracy? In this Crash Course, Chris Cooper will take us on a tour of what we know (and what we don’t) about American democracy as we approach the 2020 elections. While we’ll certainly talk about the Presidential election (how could we avoid it?), the focus will be on elections in North Carolina—the swingiest of the swing states.
About Dr. Cooper
Chris Cooper, professor and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University, provides expert commentary on matters involving politics and political science in (and beyond) North Carolina. Cooper’s research focuses on state politics and policy, political communication, political psychology and southern politics. He publishes that research frequently and is commonly seen and heard on media in Western North Carolina during political seasons.
He was named the 2013 “Professor of the Year” in North Carolina by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. That year, he also was honored as one of the top professors in the University of North Carolina system by its Board of Governors.
Cooper earned his bachelor’s at Winthrop University and received his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee.